Sunday, April 7, 2013

Should NHL Get Penalty Box for Wanting Multiple Winter Classics?

Article written by Dave Thomas - Guest Poster
While it should not come as a huge surprise, one might nonetheless have been a tad surprised to learn recently that the NHL is thinking of having multiple Winter Classics moving forward.

During recent comments at a Winter Classic news conference in Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena, NHL COO John Collins noted “It’s (having more than one) not necessarily a new conversation. We’ve been looking at this and talking about it for a while.” Collins added that the scope of the review has been turned up a notch or two, with more than one game possibly being added as soon as next season.

For those fans out there who are still upset with the NHL for this season’s moronic lockout that cost the league several months of play, adding a few more Winter Classics may suffice, but only in the short term. With a new realignment planned for the upcoming season, is the NHL trying to do too much at once?

Lockout Iced This Season’s Game
As many hockey fans know, this season’s New Year’s Day Winter Classic got iced due to the lockout; it has already been rescheduled for next season, a matchup between two of the Original Six, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings. The game is expected to draw more than 100,000 fans at the University of Michigan’s football stadium in Ann Arbor next Jan. 1.

With that in mind, the NHL is reportedly considering having Winter Classic games in the U.S. at Dodger Stadium and perhaps Yankee Stadium.

One would guess the former would involve the defending Stanley Cup champs the Los Angeles Kings, while the latter would see the New York Rangers perhaps hosting the Islanders, Devils or Flyers.

While few will argue the popularity of past Winter Classic games, one has to wonder if the NHL will bite the hand that feeds it, meaning getting too greedy in trying to stage multiple outdoor games at once. Could having several outdoor games take away from the spectacle that is the Winter Classic to begin with?

Instead of fans circling the Winter Classic date on their calendars once a year, will multiple outdoor games mean fans will over time become bored with the idea? Let’s face it, having multiple All-Star games each season would dilute that even over time, yes?

Just two years ago, the NHL played host to both the Winter Classic and Heritage Classic, the latter of which typically matches a pair of Canadian foes against each other.

While multiple Winter Classics might sound good on paper,  that is especially from a financial standpoint, will the league eventually end up ruining a good thing?


About the Author: With 23 years’ writing experience, Dave Thomas covers a variety of business topics for different sites,including Reputation.com.

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